CMS splits with Harris
Cornersville Middle School hosted Shelbyville's Harris Middle School Thursday evening, coming away with a hard earned split.
The Lady Bulldogs knew they were in for a tough battle versus the Eaglettes, always the prominent feeder school to the storied high school program that has won a record 12 state championships.
Cornersville lost the opening tip and trailed 4-0 before Kaleigh Welch hit two frees for the Lady Dawgs to get the home team on the board.
Kaitlyn Rogers tied the contest at four apiece on an inside bucket before Harris scored five straight points to open a 9-4 lead.
A Brittany Umbles bucket, followed by Makayla Campbell free throw made it a two-point ballgame after the first period at 9-7.
Harris scored six straight to open up the second period, leading 15-7 when Umbles stole a pass and went the distance for the lay-up and the foul. She hit the free throw, cutting the Harris lead five.
The Lady Dawgs held on to trail by seven at the half, 20-13.
Harris' Kailey Hornberger nailed a three pointer on the first possession of the second half, opening up a ten-point lead for the Eaglettes.
Cornersville got back in the ballgame once again with a pressing defense, starting with a steal and bucket by Campbell, followed by another theft and pass for a score by Welch to Rogers.
Head coach Joy McMaster's crew cut it to six on a follow by Umbles with just over two minutes left in the period.
At 23-19, the game went back and forth before Rogers hit a buzzer beater to make it just a one point ballgame after three quarters at 25-24.
Harris again came out of the break hot, scoring ten straight to open up a double-digit lead.
The Lady Bulldogs have been a gritty, never-say-die team for three years under McMasters and they displayed their heart once again, storming back to trail by just a three at 37-34 with .43 seconds left.
Cornersville almost got the job done, but failed to score on three straight possessions.
Two Hornberger free throws with 1.9 seconds left sealed the deal for Harris in the 39-34 Eaglettes win.
The Lady Dawgs (4-2) were led in the scoring column by Umbles with 11 points and Rogers pitched in with 9.
Bulldogs control game, send Harris home with first loss
The Cornersville boys started their contest in the complete opposite way of the girls, jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead behind some great defense by Hayden McMahon and Tyler Lowry and the hot shooting hand of Logan Davis.
The Bulldogs took a 12-6 lead into the second period and kept control of the ballgame in the second quarter.
A Davis basket late in the quarter stretched the Dawgs' lead to nine at 19-10 and the half ended with Cornersville holding a 19-12 lead.
Harris' Cody Lynch nailed a three to start the second half, but Lowry got it right back with his own long bomb.
The third quarter was well played by both squads, but the Bulldogs prevailed after three, 28-22.
Harris seized the lead, scoring the fourth quarter's first six points before Lowry silenced the traveling crowd once again, nailing a big three-pointer to put the Dawgs back up 31-29.
Cornersville streaked to a four-point lead at 35-31 before the Eagles once again retook the lead at 36-35 with just over two minutes to play.
The Bulldogs stared the Eagles down over the last two minutes, hitting 7-9 from the free throw line to seal the contest for the 5-1 Dawgs.
Cornersville was an amazing 20-30 from the free throw line in the contest. Lowry scored 19 points, Davis scored a dozen, McMahon finished with 5, and Brian Lowe and Alex Walker each scored 4.